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EXHIBIT M.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT.

The United States

vs.

The Steamship Meteor, her tackle,

&c.

To Messrs. EVARTS, SOUTHMAYD, & CHOATE,

Proctors for Claimants. SIRS, Please to take notice, that, on the trial of the above cause, you will be required to produce all books of account of R. B. Forbes or J. M. Forbes, or J. M. Forbes & Co., having entries in relation to the ownership and expenses chargeable against the steamship Meteor, and also all letters written by or received by R. B. Forbes or J. M. Forbes, or J. M. Forbes & Co., or any other persons having interest in said steamship in relation to her building, equipment, chartering, sale, or disposal, or, in default thereof, the Government will apply to the Court for such order as may seem proper in the premises.

D. S. DICKINSON,

U. S. District Attorney. Dated, New York, March 28, 1866.

Southern District of New York, ss. :

J. W. Schmults, being duly sworn, says, that on the twenty-eighth day of March last, he served on Joseph H. Choate, Esq., a notice of which the above is a copy, by delivering to him in person, and leaving with him the same, at his office, No. 49 Wall Street, in the city of New York.

Sworn to before me, this sixth day of April, 1866.

J. W. SCHMULTS. CHARLES M. HALL,

Notary Public.

[Indorsed.]

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT.

The United States

vs.

The Steamship Meteor, her tackle,

&c.

[Notice to Produce Papers.]

EXHIBIT 1.

“ FEBRUARY 2, 1866. “ About 10.20 the captain called me into his state-room, and informed me that there were six shot left in the forward hold that he had ordered ashore, but the second mate did not do it; he said that he overlooked them when he removed the other; he was to blame for it."

RECORD

ORIGINAL LIBEL.

District Court of the United States of America, for the Southern

District of New York.

At a stated term of the District Court of the United States of America, for the Southern District of New York, begun and held at the United States Court Buildings, in Chambers Street, in the City of New York, in the said Southern District, before the Judge of the same Court on the twenty-third day of January, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six, comes Daniel S. Dickinson, Attorney of the United States for the said Southern District of New York, who prosecutes for the said United States in this behalf, and being present here in Court, in his own proper person, in the name and on behalf of the said United States, alleges, informs, and declares as follows, to wit:

That the steamship Meteor has been fitted out to commit hostilities against the Government of Spain, in violation of the Neutrality Act of Congress of 1818, being the property of some person or persons to the said Attorney unknown.

That the aforesaid goods, wares, and merchandise are of the growth, produce, and manufacture of some foreign place or country, to the said Attorney unknown, and were, heretofore, to wit, on the day of

in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty- , brought or imported, in the said

from a foreign port or place to the said Attorney unknown, into the port of New York aforesaid ; which said goods, wares, and merchandise were subject to the payment of duties to the United States, on being brought and imported as aforesaid.

And the said Attorney of the United States, on behalf of the said United States, saith, that all and singular the premises aforesaid are true; and that, by reason thereof, and by force of the statute in such case made and provided, the afore-mentioned goods, wares, and merchandise became and are forfeited to the use in the said statute provided.

Wherefore, he prays that due process may be issued to enforce the said forfeiture, and to give notice to all persons concerned in interest to appear and show cause, at the return day of the process, why such forfeiture should not be decreed.

D. S. DICKINSON, United States Attorney, for the Southern District of New York. [Indorsed.]

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Southern District of New York, ss.:

The President of the United States of America, To the Marshal

of the Southern District of New York, Greeting: Whereas a Libel hath been filed in the District Court of the United

States for the Southern District of New York, on the twenty[SEAL.] third day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand that behalf to be made, and that all persons interested in the said steamship, &c. may be cited in general and special to answer the premises, and all proceedings being had that the said steamship, &c. may, for the causes in said Libel mentioned, be condemned as forfeited to the use of the United States :

eight hundred and sixty-six, by Daniel S. Dickinson, Esq., United States District Attorney, on behalf of the United States of America against the steamship Meteor, her engines,

tackle, &c. for the reasons and causes in the said Libel mentioned, and praying the usual process and monition of the said Court in

You are therefore hereby commanded to attach the said steamship Meteor, her engines, tackle, &c., and to detain the same in your custody until the further order of the Court respecting the same, and to give due notice to all persons claiming the same, or knowing or having anything to say why the same should not be condemned and sold pursuant to the prayer of the said Libel, that they be and appear before the said Court, to be held in and for the Southern District of New York, on the thirteenth day of February next, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon of the same day, if the same shall be a day of jurisdiction, otherwise on the next day of jurisdiction thereafter, then and there to interpose a claim for the same, and to make their allegations in that behalf. And what you shall have done in the premises, do you then and there make return thereof, together with this writ.

Witness, the Honorable Samuel R. Betts, Judge of the said Court at the city of New York, in the Southern District of New York, this twenty-third day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six, and of our Independence the ninetieth.

GEORGE F. BETTS,

Clerk. D. S. DICKINSON,

United States District Attorney.

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